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Subject: Any chance this ever gets reprinted? Who owns the rights? rss

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Chris Dieckmann
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I watched the walk-through and seems like a pretty cool system if a little random. Maybe someone could test interest with Kickstarter?
 
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I think Hasborg has the Avalon Hill rights.

And I don't think they will reprint this game. It would need a complete overhaul. An overhaul so big, that you wouldn't recognize RB anymore ...
 
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It has been reprinted as Boxcars which was the name for the original version. It doesn't seem like the BGG entries make the relationships very clear.
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Have not played in over 20 years. I wonder if time has been kind to it?
 
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Thanks looks like that will work.
 
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I'm not sure why you think it needs a complete overhaul. Perhaps you can elaborate.

The so-called "fixes" and variants do not improve the game. The B&O "fix" isn't -- B&O did not physically enter New York at any time, and it was correct for Avalon Hill not to make the Philadelphia/New York connection that some people think should be added.

The payoff tables are not, nor they should be, merely a matter of distance. Other than one glaring misprint, I think Avalon Hill did a pretty good job of balancing the distances with the difficulty of getting to a place. However, it's a while since I played and I stand to be corrected on this.

The trouble is, if you tinker with the game you risk -- as you say -- making it unrecognizable. You also risk making it too easy. That's what I see most of the "fixes" being -- a way of making the game easier than it should be.

I've seen the tournament variant rules and I don't like any of them, other than the courtesy rule that obviates the need for immediate movement on the roll of the dice.

I have the original (1977) edition of the game, have played it probably close to a hundred times and have no beefs with it as is, other than the misprint correction. It is very playable, easy to learn and a great introduction to train gaming.
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The original version, Boxcars (reprinted 2013), is much more basic than Rail Baron, which was professionally developed into a more challenging game.
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